Twitter Rumor: Tim Gilmore at Citrus?

I’m starting to get a lot of tips on my twitter account, and would like more of you to add me on your twitter, and I will add you as well. The tip of the day is that Tim Gilmore will play for Citrus this fall. I always felt he was the best pure running back in the area last year, but he never had a chance to show it his senior year at Wilson. As a sophomore and junior for the ‘Cats, he was simply one of the best. Hopefully if this is true, he can turn around his career with the Owls.

Below: That is Tim Gilmore (Middle in Red) on our 2007 football preview edition

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Time to get away …

Folks, it’s that time of year again when I take my vacation. I will be off until July 20, but Steve Ramirez will be here to update the blog and spend time with you. If you have any request threads for him, post your comments here. No thrilling vacation plans like Cabo this year, just going to Palm Springs next week to play golf with the family in 110-plus degree temperatures. When I get back, Lamar Odom better be a Laker…


Above: This is what a vacation should be, but guess I’ll have to settle for some R&R by the pool instead.

Below: This is when you know it’s time to get away …

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Fiesta Bowl: Falcons say goodbye as one


Above: Duarte football players Desmond Hayes, Durriae Williams and Tim Starr practice at Alhambra High School in Alhambra. This will be their final game as teammates.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
ALHAMBRA – Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl at Whittier College (7 p.m.) between former high school football players from Los Angeles County against a group from the Inland Empire will be a farewell game of sorts. It will not only be the final high school game for Duarte’s Durriae Williams, Tim Starr and Desmond Hayes, but it will also be their last as teammates.

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Leyland, Meir and France earn state honors


San Dimas’ Josh Leyland earned a spot on Cal-Hi Sports’ All-State Team.

Cal-Hi Sports recently announced its 2009 All-State baseball team, and Tribune Player of the Year Josh Leyland, from San Dimas, and all-area first teamer Jiovanni Mier, from Bonita, were named to the first team.
The duo led a list of nine area players selected, including South Hills’ Tyler France earning Freshman Player of the Year honors.

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A Doozy: Look for higher scoring softball games when the circle gets pushed to 43 feet in 2010

Read a snip of today’s press release from CIF, especially pertaining to rules changes in softball…. For all the rule changes, click this link.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has
announced several new rule changes in various sports including, softball,
football, basketball, baseball, swimming and diving and track and field.
Softball and basketball experience a big change. The pitching distance in
softball will move from 40 to 43 feet starting in 2010
, while instant replay
may be used in state championship basketball competition next season.

Below: San Dimas’ Kortnie Clark will be affected by next year’s rule change, which moves the circle back three feet.

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Former La Canada boys soccer coach and LAFC Chelsea president Don Sheppard gambles $2 million to make dream happen


Above: LAFC Chelsea founder Don Sheppard with his coaching staff Josh Henderson (left), Teddy Chronopoulos (center) and Lorrie Fair (right), at the Rose Bowl.

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
PASADENA
– Forget a carwash or raffle tickets – that’s peanuts compared to the fundraiser Don Sheppard is staging for one of the biggest and most respected youth club soccer programs in the country. When organizers of the inaugural World Football Challenge asked him if he would like to be involved financially, Sheppard, president of the La Canada Flintridge-based Los Angeles Futbol Club Chelsea, weighed the risks and rewards of a lifelong dream for his club program.
Professional soccer powers Chelsea, Club America, AC Milan and Inter Milan will compete in the World Football Challenge, a series of six matches to be held from July 19-26 throughout the United States.

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Kurt Davies named athletic director at Diamond Bar; J.T. Cameron leaves to Corona Santiago

Diamond Bar athletic director J.T. Cameron is leaving after five years at the school to become the assistant principal and athletic director at Santiago High School in Corona, where he resides. Kurt Davies has been named the new athletic director at Diamond Bar. Davies was an assistant coach with the football and baseball teams. “I truly enjoyed my time here at Diamond Bar high school,” Cameron said. “Being closer to home, this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

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Steve Ramirez spends the day with Michael Young and talks about his generous donation

“I was born and raised in Covina, and I will never forget that. I will never forget where I came from. I thought it was the right thing to do. I thought I was in position to lend a helping hand, and I was more than happy to do it. Obviously, it was a very tragic situation, and anytime something like that happens close to where I grew up, it hits home — Texas Rangers third baseman and former Bishop Amat standout Michael Young on his 10,000 donation that helped raise money for the Ortega Family following the Christmas Eve Massacre

By Steve Ramirez
ANAHEIM
- Michael Young has made it.
He’s been able to fulfill his childhood dream and transcend his roots to become a Major League Baseball All-Star. But even though the Texas Rangers third baseman now lives in Dallas, he’s never forgotten that Covina, and the Valley, still is home. He made that clear earlier this year by donating $10,000 to a fundraiser put on by baseball programs at Northview, Covina, Charter Oak and South Hills high schools to lend support to the Ortega family, which lost several members in the Christmas Eve massacre.

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Wilson Football Camp on Saturday

Wilson Football camp news from coach Brian Zavala: We would like to invite kids to participate in our Youth Skills Camp on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The skills camp is designed to improve your strength, speed, agility, and conditioning in preparation for your football season. You also will be learning the Wilson Football Defensive and Offensive systems. The Wilson High School Football Staff and players will take a hands-on approach in guiding your son through their fieldwork and drills. Youth Coaches are welcome to watch. T-shirt and lunch provided for each participant. I Look forward to meeting and working with you!
Note: The cost is $40, for more information, contact coach Zavala at 626-672-6007

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Don’t expect the San Gabriel Valley to receive national recognition anytime soon

ESPN’s rise magazine lists the top 50 high school athletic programs in the country. Mater Dei (2), Loyola (4), Long Beach Poly (6), Mira Costa (11) and Long Beach Wilson (12) are in the top 12. Bishop Amat is the closest thing we have to making this list, but they were not included in the top 50. Can they ever crack a list like this? Is this a level the Lancers should be at or strive for? Is there any school in the San Gabriel Valley with a chance to reach national recognition? My honest thoughts are no, as long as most San Gabriel Valley teams compete in lower-level divisions, it won’t happen.

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Breaking News: The rumors are true, Workman’s Cezar Guerrero is headed back to St. John Bosco

Cezar Guerrero, the highly touted sophomore guard who transferred to Workman after his freshman year at St. John Bosco, is returning to St. John Bosco his junior season according to Workman coach Martin Flores. After posting highlights of Guerrero last week, commenters wrote in saying Guerrero was seen practicing on different summer league teams, and Flores finally confirmed the rumors this afternoon. “We just got his transfer papers,” Flores said. “I didn’t speak to Cezar but the way I look at it, people choose their own path and do what is best for them. He obviously felt this was the right thing for him to do, so we wish him the best and we will focus on what we have coming back.” Guerrero, the area’s best young prospect since Glendora’s Cameron Murray and one of the top soph’s in the country according to several recruiting publications, averaged a Valley best 27 points. He led the Lobos to an undefeated run to the Montview league title and a 20-6 overall mark. This is Guerrero’s third school in three years, though technically he is returning to where he originally started. He filed a financial hardship to attend Workman — was denied by CIF — then won an appeal. Whether he will be allowed to return to St. John Bosco without penalty will be up to CIF-SS officials.

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New Fiesta Bowl format is more attractive


The third annual Fiesta Bowl will have a different flavor on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Whittier College and a format change that matches the Inland Empire against Los Angeles County senior all-stars. Wait, didn’t that already happen? The format is similar to the “Gridiron War” held a few weeks back at Long Beach City College, which also matched the Inland Empire against L.A. County in a game that ended with 11 minutes remaining after a fight broke out between the teams. The ending of that one should make Saturday’s game interesting, especially with the L.A. County team comprised mostly of players from the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier.

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Just Tribbin: Love him or hate him, Whitlock speaks out of his mind on Serena Williams

I don’t know what you do during the summer to keep busy, I’m constantly on Lakers blogs waiting for Lamar Odom to sign, watching the Dodgers and playing golf. Thursday I’m caddying for my cousin Carlos at Empire Lakes in a Golden State tour event, and next week I’m on vacation (don’t worry Stevie R., is here to update the blogs). On my way to work this morning I was listening to sports talk guys discussing FoxSports’ Jason Whitlock’s controversial column on Serena Williams, which was completely over the top and sexist, but that’s Whitlcok. He’s like a sports fans Howard Stern. If you thought T.J. Simers spoke his mind, he’s got nothing on this guy. The last time I read Whitlock, he was vilifying Dirk Nowitski’s ex-girlfriend. Love him or hate him, he’s an award-winning columnist who gets away with saying whatever he wants. Here is the latest from Whitlock on Steve McNair

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Damien and South Hills football camps … If you want your camp posted, send it to me

Damien Camp: Damien High School is conducting a football clinic on Friday at Saturday at Damien High School for kids in first through seventh grades. The skills camp is $60 and includes a t-shirt and instruction from Damien coaches, including four-time CIF champion Greg Gano, who is in his first year with the Spartans. The camp will run 4-7 p.m. on Friday, and 8-11 a.m. on Saturday. For more information contact Damien at 909-596-1946.

South Hills Football Camp on Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Cost: $30.00 (If pre-registered by July 3rd); $40.00 if you pay on the day of the camp. Camp T-Shirts will be given to the first 50 players to pre-register. Press Release says: What better way to get your kids ready for the upcoming football season than to spend a day with four-time CIF Champion Head Coach Steve Bogan and his staff as they teach you the fundamentals of championship football. The philosophy of the camp is “We are going to emphaize: (1) doing smart things, (2) the right way, (3) with great effort, (4) together.” For more information call the football office at 626-974-6214.

St. Paul Camp release: The Marijon Ancich Youth Football Camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-14 and will work on building football fundamentals. Campers will learn individual and team techniques on both offense and defense. Sessions on flexibility, speed, agility and quickness are included. Each day the camper will receive on-the-field instruction from the best coaching staff in the area. The camp is in session July 17-19, and will be held at St. Paul High School. Registration for the camp is $60 for individuals ($45 per player attending as part of a team) and includes a Camp T-shirt and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Ask about our team and family discounts.For more info, go to the St. Paul camp website.

Baseball tryouts: This year the SGV Baseball program is hosting the Baseball Resource showcase at Maverick field in West Covina. It will be on July 25 and 26. It is game format. If you know of any top player that you feel is a prospect, get in contact with us. The cost is $90.00 per player. This event is primarily for ’10 graduates but we will take a top ’11 player. Team will consist of LA, OC and IE. We are looking to do a SD area team or a ’11 team also. They can get more information at baseballresource.com. If you have questions call 323-791-9981.

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It’s a good thing Edison is near the beach, South Hills will need a place to cool off afterward

The Edison Passing Tournament in Huntington Beach is one of the best, and why not, you’re near the beach, right? South Hills did well in this last year with Cameron Deen, but I’m not so sure about this year. Look at this lineup of teams.

Pool A – Tesoro, South Hills, Centennial Corona, JSerra
Pool B – Valencia/Valencia, Mater Dei, Crespi, Mission Hills
Pool C – Carlsbad, Los Alamitos, Oaks Christian, Foothill
Pool D - La Habra, Edison, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Chaparral

When: Saturday at Edison High School, Huntington Beach
Note: Pool-play games are 9, 10 and 11 a.m, the championship round begins at 1 p.m., then its off to the beach for appetizers.

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